Lake Avenue Dog Beach Trial

A new off-leash dog beach has been set up at the Lake Avenue Beach Access for a two-year trial ending in September 2019. During this time the City is collecting feedback to help City Council make a decision about the long-term future of this site as a dog beach.

Residents can help with that decision by joining the conversation and telling us what you think!

Why this beach?

Every year the City hears from residents and visitors who say Kelowna needs more dog beaches. So, after extensive public consultations, City Council approved two new permanent off-leash dog parks at Poplar Point and the Downtown Sails, as well as this two-year trial at the Lake Avenue Beach Access.

The beach is relatively large compared to other options that were considered. It’s in a great location next to City Park and the downtown core and while there is limited parking available at the beach access itself, there is ample parking just over the bridge in City Park. It is also hoped the increased “eyes on the beach” from dog-owners throughout the day will help deter undesirable or illegal activities that are often reported in the area.

The beach is located next to the mouth of Mill Creek, whose outflow into the lake ensures good water circulation. Water Quality at all public beaches in Kelowna is regularly tested and extra testing will be conducted at the Lake Avenue Beach Access during the trial.

During public consultations, this location received broad support from Kelowna residents. However, it also received strong opposition from residents who live in the neighbourhood. In consideration of this, it was decided to proceed with a two-year trial to see how things work out at this location before making a final decision on its suitability.

A new off-leash dog beach has been set up at the Lake Avenue Beach Access for a two-year trial ending in September 2019. During this time the City is collecting feedback to help City Council make a decision about the long-term future of this site as a dog beach.

Residents can help with that decision by joining the conversation and telling us what you think!

Why this beach?

Every year the City hears from residents and visitors who say Kelowna needs more dog beaches. So, after extensive public consultations, City Council approved two new permanent off-leash dog parks at Poplar Point and the Downtown Sails, as well as this two-year trial at the Lake Avenue Beach Access.

The beach is relatively large compared to other options that were considered. It’s in a great location next to City Park and the downtown core and while there is limited parking available at the beach access itself, there is ample parking just over the bridge in City Park. It is also hoped the increased “eyes on the beach” from dog-owners throughout the day will help deter undesirable or illegal activities that are often reported in the area.

The beach is located next to the mouth of Mill Creek, whose outflow into the lake ensures good water circulation. Water Quality at all public beaches in Kelowna is regularly tested and extra testing will be conducted at the Lake Avenue Beach Access during the trial.

During public consultations, this location received broad support from Kelowna residents. However, it also received strong opposition from residents who live in the neighbourhood. In consideration of this, it was decided to proceed with a two-year trial to see how things work out at this location before making a final decision on its suitability.

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  • There are walkways throughout the city that are often littered with debris or dog waste. It’s hard to find garbage cans except in parks or school yards, which don’t allow dogs. Would it be possible to install garbage cans near some of the walkways, to encourage people to pick up after their dogs? I emailed another city department over a month ago and have not yet heard a response.

    tsebulsky asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there, we are currently looking at ways to add value to our dog parks and linear paths. This is a good suggestion and we will look at options to include this in our planning and operations.

  • Why is it that there is no gate at this beach access? I saw dogs running out interfering with Cyclists, pedestrians, especially some little kids who are afraid of dogs. There are irresponsible dog owners, who left their dogs running wild, out of control, it is very disturbed at time !!

    Pandosy asked 14 days ago

    It was decided that the Lake Avenue Dog Beach was to be done on a trial basis, to assess the use of a dog beach at this location. As a trial, no investments have been made in terms of infrastructure like gates or fencing at this time. In all cases (on or off-leash), owners are responsible for controlling their dogs from impacting the enjoyment of others in public spaces.

    This is important feedback that will be considered as part of the trial and for potential improvements should it be established as a permanent dog beach after the trial is complete. Thank you!

  • This is great, and I agree Kelowna (and West Kelowna) needs more off-leash areas. Is there a more appropriate place where I can request there be more off-leash walking trails rather than just an enclosed area?? Something like Ellison dog park... But more central. Thanks!

    Michelle asked 14 days ago

    Off-leash walking trails for dogs is a request we have heard from the public. Staff is currently looking at opportunities through the City for off-leash walking trails as well as other potential dog parks. Public engagement is undertaken to receive feedback from neighbours, concerned citizens and dog owners alike prior to designating an area as an off-leash park. This feedback will be considered as part of this process. Thank you!

  • Keep lake ave a dog park!! Also know as mushroom beach as the beach attracts nothing but drugs. The dog beach will hopefully push these drugs people out. City enforce would be nice at the beach in 2018 as it is unacceptable to have people shooting up and smoking weed etc in a city park.

    Rint asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Bylaw enforcement efforts will continue through 2018 and be considered in the results of the trial.

  • Is this area closed now or open as we are looking for somewhere to take our dog today.

    Brin1956 asked about 1 month ago

    Yes, it is open now. Enjoy!

  • How long will the off-leash dog beach at Lake Avenue be closed? Will another one be opened in lieu of the closure? Thank you, Jaime

    Jaime asked 4 months ago

    With the onset of freshet it's not clear how long Lake Avenue will be closed, Mill Creek is adjacent to the park where creek flows are picking up due to spring melt which is expected to be higher than normal.

    Unfortunately, there is not another park opening up in lieu however, visit this link to see other locations around the city.

     

  • Will there be more off lease parks for owners and dogs to enjoy the water? With all the construction for residential homes there will be request to make Kelowna amenities open for all. I am living in the Glenmore area with several new towers/townhouses under construction. There is a lack of green space for walking dogs close to the units. Having to drive or daily walks with your pet increases the traffic and the pollution in the air. Many of the older people have no choice as the local park on the corner of Valley View Road and Summit does not allow pets. I sympathize with with my neighbours and look forward to my move to Sopa.

    Pirjo Boucher asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for reaching out about additional off leash dog parks. Here's a link to the latest public engagement outcomes which helped with the addition of three new off-leash dog beaches on Kelowna.ca. Also, there is a comprehensive map of all areas that allow dogs on and off leash.  I hope this helps.

  • Thank you for the off-leash dog park at Lake Avenue Beach Access. It is a joy for those who have no dog to be able to sit and watch the dogs and their owners play in the water together. Lucky People and lucky dogs! Thank you again.

    joellen asked 11 months ago

    Thank you for the great feedback!

  • Will it be possible to make it wheelchair accessible, by putting wheelchair mats down? It would be great to have a place for me to take my dogs.

    Mahewitt asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. We will take your idea into consideration. At this point, the park will remain in its current state for the trial period which runs until September 2019. If the trial is successful and the park becomes permanent we can consider this option in more detail. I would recommend checking out Cedar Creek Park as an alternative. It has compacted gravel pathway along the shoreline that might work well for you. Dogs are allowed off-leash at this park.

  • I think this is a good idea. With more people that will eventually live downtown, they will need green areas to enjoy with their furry friends. What happens after the 2 year trial is over?

    Manuel asked 11 months ago

    During the trial we're paying close attention to what's going on at the dog beach. When the trial is done, we'll look at factors like public feedback, bylaw and dog control issues and water quality (regular testing is happening for the duration of the trial.) City staff will then present a report to council, along with a recommendation whether to keep the beach park for dog use or not. Ultimately, the final decision will be up to City Council. 

  • Will there be a chance to trial this area by having it completely fenced off like other off-leash dog areas?

    Kelownazen asked about 1 year ago

    We wanted the foreshore to remain open, both visually and physically. The timber rail fence that has been installed will be the boundary of the dog park for this trial. Planting and decorative boulders will be added to strengthen this boundary. Dog owners must take it upon themselves to contain their dogs to the designated are.

  • Why is dog controle not on site to deal with all the dog owners who don't follow the signage and have dogs on adjoining beaches. What number do you call to remove these owners and dogs when not Monday to Friday 9to5.

    Hayley B asked about 1 year ago

    Central Okanagan Dog Control Services supports and encourages responsible dog owners across the entire Regional District.The Central Okanagan Dog Control Service enforces the Consolidated Responsible Dog Ownership Bylaw No. 1343 throughout the Central Okanagan (Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and the electoral areas).

    To report a complaint about a dog in your area, contact the Regional District of Central Okanagan Dog Control, Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (250) 469-6284 or email info-dogcontrol@cord.bc.ca. If the office is closed and you are reporting either a seriously injured stray dog OR a dog that is currently at large and attacking only, call CORD’s emergency line (250) 979-0925.


  • Why are you changing this specific beach access??

    Kelownazen asked about 1 year ago

    Every year the City hears from residents and visitors who say Kelowna needs more dog beaches. So, after extensive public consultations, City Council approved two new permanent off-leash dog parks at Poplar Point and the Downtown Sails, as well as this two-year trial at the Lake Avenue Beach Access.

    The beach is relatively large compared to other options that were considered. It’s in a great location next to City Park and the downtown core and while there is limited parking available at the beach access itself, there is ample parking just over the bridge in City Park.

    The beach is also next to the mouth of Mill Creek, whose outflow into the lake ensures good water circulation. It is hoped the increased “eyes on the beach” from dog-owners throughout the day will help deter undesirable or illegal activities that are often reported in the area.


  • Doesn't the City need a permit from the province to change the beach use?

    Kelownazen asked about 1 year ago

    The City does not require a permit to change the beach use. Permitting through the Province (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources) is only required for work in and around a water body. For example, if we were wanting to construct a dock, a boardwalk, etc.